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Daily Archives: July 31, 2013

Grants.gov Applicant Training Video – Register, Find, and Apply

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has developed a training video for people who use Grants.gov to find and apply for federal funding.

According to the summary:

This video will assist applicants in learning more about registering, searching, and applying for Federal grant opportunities.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Funding

 

DOE invests in energy efficiency for small buildings

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Most efforts to upgrade buildings have focused on big ones so far, but now the Department of Energy (DOE) is turning to small ones, too.

Schools, churches, strip malls, restaurants and grocery stores will benefit. Those make up 90 percent of our commercial buildings and consume 20 percent of U.S. energy. They are less than 50,000 square feet.

 

Planetary “runaway greenhouse” more easily triggered, research shows

Read the full story in R&D Magazine.

It might be easier than previously thought for a planet to overheat into the scorchingly uninhabitable “runaway greenhouse” stage, according to new research by astronomers at the University of Washington and the University of Victoria, B.C., published July 28 in the journal Nature Geoscience.

In the runaway greenhouse stage, a planet absorbs more solar energy than it can give off to retain equilibrium. As a result, the world overheats, boiling its oceans and filling its atmosphere with steam, which leaves the planet glowing-hot and forever uninhabitable, as Venus is now.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Climate change

 

Will Green Button open energy data markets in other countries?

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

What could generate a standing-room-only crowd in an upscale hotel in Menlo Park? It was an event earlier this month focused on the Green Button initiative. The agenda offered the opportunity to hear from Nick Sinai, deputy chief technology officer at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and two presidential fellows, John Teeter and Matt Theall, talk about the past, present and future of energy consumption data, which is tremendously enabled by smart grid technologies. Event sponsors Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Siemens also spoke about future directions for Green Button data and the actionable information derived from it.

 

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Energy, Smart phone apps

 

NOAA-supported scientists find large Gulf dead zone, but smaller than predicted

Read the full story from NOAA.

NOAA-supported scientists found a large Gulf of Mexico oxygen-free or hypoxic “dead” zone, but not as large as had been predicted. Measuring 5,840 square miles, an area the size of Connecticut, the 2013 Gulf dead zone indicates nutrients from the Mississippi River watershed are continuing to affect the nation’s commercial and recreational marine resources in the Gulf.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Agriculture, Water

 
 
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